Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to reduce stress and improve emotional health, so it’s natural that we’re drawn to family camping trips during the summer. Much like scheduling in a screen free weekend, the lack of access to phones, tablets or computers during a camping trip can lead to meaningful memory making like educating your kids about safety, engaging in a competitive scavenger hunt or playing flashlight tag.
But when it comes to camping with kids, there are no easy answers. Whether it’s an emergency bathroom break or the request for a midday nap, kids have a lot of needs. If it’s your first time camping with your children, you might even be surprised at how often they experience boredom, even in the great outdoors. And since many of us find camping to be magical for its lack of cell service and unplugged experience, you’ll want to come prepared with some solid camping games for kids that don’t require a power button.
A great game to teach your kids about camping safety is an outdoor safety skills printable. Simply print it once and reuse every camping trip—this way your kiddos can brush up on their skills from one trip to the next. The printable includes questions about camping and outdoors safety which can make less-interesting–but important–topics engaging. And unlike other games there’s no single correct answer, so it encourages family dialogue and learning from year to year.
Another must-pack printable for your trip is the camping-themed scavenger hunt–a family favorite because there’s no preparation involved. Kids will go in search of items easily found in nature like pine needles, wildflowers and acorns. This is a great way to teach your kids to observe their surroundings and spark some friendly competition.
We suggest you check out this full list of camping-themed printables, to help make your next adventure run smoothly get your kiddos engaged in the great outdoors. They could be the reason why your kids stop begging to play games on your phone and start asking to go back next weekend!
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